ZACK RYDER RETIREMENT INTERVIEWS
Name
Zack Ryder
Real Name
Matthew Cardona
Date of Birth
May 14, 1984
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2004
Alberto Del Rio

"And I really wish Edge were still here. It killed me when I was out injured and he ended up having that final match with Alberto Del Rio. He was there while I was with the Nexus and he was just such a joy to be around. He's a good human being and just knew so much. He was always helping. Its guys like that that I wish were around still."

- Ryback on the retirement of Edge

January 25, 2014
Mark Henry

"I'm a performer at heart and want to have the best performance. You just find a place in your mind where there's a trigger and you can go from being happy to emotional in a heartbeat if you're there and I was mentally there. I had so many people call about that. Arsenio Hall, Big Show and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin [reached out]. Austin said he smelled a rat. I was like, 'If you smelled a rat, it's in your house.' Nobody saw that coming. He was like, 'I've been around too long kid. I could smell a rat in a woodpile.'"

January 19, 2014
Booker T

"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."

November 20, 2013
Low Ki
Rumors are floating around right now that Low Ki could be making his return to TNA in the near future. The former X Division Champion contemplated retirement not too long ago, but he had a change of heart apparently. Low Ki has a close relationship with Samoa Joe and MVP, so that have played a part in his potential return to TNA.
April 13, 2014
Damien Sandow
Over the weekend, Mark Henry worked a live event for WWE in Austin, where he currently lives. He received a nice reaction from the audience and was given a victory over Damien Sandow. Afterwards, he grabbed the microphone and addressed the audience. Henry informed the fans that the retirement rumors regarding him are false. The belief is that it was done to drum up support for the former world heavyweight champion.
March 16, 2014
Mark Henry
While he teased fans with his retirement on Monday Night Raw not too long ago, Mark Henry is actually going to be retiring when his contract with WWE expires in two years. However, he fully intends to remain with the company. He has been setting himself up to work with the developmental program as a trainer and as a talent scout.
February 22, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
There are rumors floating around that Rey Mysterio might be working a retirement match at Wrestlemania 30, as his contract with WWE is ending in a few months. In order to generate even further international media attention, the belief is that Alberto Del Rio will be given the honor of being the opponent for the bout.
February 21, 2014
Christian
There are rumors floating around right now that Christian could retire after Elimination Chamber 2014. Some believe that WWE could use his real life retirement to sell the brutality of the steel cage match itself. The company has been planting seeds over the last few weeks by emphasizing the "one last match" theme with Christian.
February 20, 2014
Jim Ross
During his interview with Jim Ross on his new podcast, Steve Austin talked about his own retirement from professional wrestling. He stated that he did not reveal it to the world at Wrestlemania 19 because it was not good for business. Vince McMahon asked him to keep it quiet because WWE was going public.
February 19, 2014
Jim Ross
Jim Ross kicked off his new podcast series, and he had his good friend Steve Austin as the guest. The two longtime WWE stars discussed the Undertaker and his upcoming retirement. Ross and Austin agreed that his final match in the company should take place in his home state of Texas, and the opponent should be none other than John Cena at Wrestlemania.
February 19, 2014
Bray Wyatt
During a recent interview, Shawn Michaels was asked who he would come out of retirement and work a Wrestlemania 30 match with. The legend listed Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Damien Sandow, Dolph Ziggler and Bray Wyatt as WWE stars that he would share that honor with at the pay per view.
February 14, 2014
Kensuke Sasaki
After more than a quarter of a century in the industry, Kensuke Sasaki is announcing his retirement from professional wrestling. The Japanese legend gained some fame in the United States by being revealed as the mystery tag team partner of the Road Warriors in the NWA. He was the one that replaced Sting when they turned heel.
February 13, 2014
Charlie Haas
Last spring, Charlie Haas abruptly announced his retirement after a really weird incident with ROH that took place both backstage and in the ring. While many expected him to resurface, he has opted to remain off the grid. He has worked a couple of matches on the independent wrestling circuit in Texas, but those were mainly small shows.
February 10, 2014
Jim Ross
During an interview with Newsday, where he was asked about the incident that led to his forced retirement from WWE, Jim Ross again made it a point to deny that he had been drinking with Ric Flair during Summerslam 2013 weekend. The commentator stated that he was involved in other activities during the day.
February 6, 2014
Low Ki

Low Ki has stayed true to his words about retirement and has not been wrestling as of late, but he recently decided to get involved in the business on a short term basis. Along with former WWE star Matt Striker, he was recently spotted at House of Glory, guest training some performers.

February 5, 2014
Jillian Hall

Jillian Hall is seriously contemplating retirement from professional wrestling. The former WWE diva has not been booked frequently since leaving the company. Jillian did note that she was open to coming out of retirement if the opportunity to wrestle Melina Perez or Mickie James were to present itself.

January 21, 2014
Dolph Ziggler

With WWE having to take a stronger stance on concussions over the last few years, Dolph Ziggler might be forced to call it a career soon. The former world champion is being sent by the company to a specialist in Pittsburgh to see if he should retire from wrestling.

January 7, 2014
Mickey Keegan

Mickey Keegan's dream of wrestling for WWE have come to an end, as the developmental wrestler has been forced to retire as an in ring performer because of a spine injury. Keegan is now working as a creative assistant for NXT.

January 1, 2014
Mark Henry

The belief is that Mark Henry will be retiring from WWE as an active in ring performer after his latest contract expires. The former World Heavyweight Champion signed a new three year deal with the company earlier in the year.

December 22, 2013
Richie Steamboat

Now that the word is out about Richie Steamboat being quietly released by WWE, more details have surfaced. It also appears that a severe back injury might force the second generation wrestler to completely retire from in ring action.

December 20, 2013
Undertaker

Those within the industry are under the impression that the Undertaker would be fine if Shawn Michaels, whom he defeated in a retirement match at Wrestlemania, were to come back and work another match for WWE in 2014.

December 19, 2013
CM Punk

With his injuries seemingly being non stop, CM Punk has been pondering retirement again. The former WWE champion has repeatedly stated that he does not want to stay too long in the industry and could be gone within two to three years.

December 7, 2013
Low Ki

Low Ki, who wrestled in WWE as Senshi, has decided to officially retire from professional wrestling.

October 31, 2013
Xavier Woods
In a rather interesting move, Alexander Rusev has been removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw for the second week in a row. His debut match against Zack Ryder was omitted the previous week. He defeated Xavier Woods this week and assaulted R Truth afterwards. Apparently, WWE did not feel that was important enough to include on the Hulu version.
April 15, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While he does not receive a ton of praise form his employers, Zack Ryder revealed to WWE fans through this Twitter post that the Ultimate Warrior praised him when they met backstage this past week. Warrior told Ryder that his impersonation is actually better than the real gimmick.
April 11, 2014
Zack Ryder
A video from WWE Main Event of a match between Alexander Rusev, who made his in ring debut on Monday Night Raw this week against Zack Ryder, and Sin Cara. This segment was designed to give even further credibility to Rusev, who is expected to be booked in victories on television over the next couple of weeks.
April 11, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Despite the company being very high on the guy, Alexander Rusev had his debut match removed from the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw this week. He defeated Zack Ryder in a squash match, but WWE officials deemed it not important enough to show their fans on Hulu. This leads to a lot of questions about how strong of a push Rusev will receive.
April 8, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
Zack Ryder
In a rather interesting bit of news, WWE did a live event in Long Island this weekend, and they purposely opted not to use Zack Ryder, the hometown hero. In what could be a show of defiance towards management, Dolph Ziggler did an in ring tribute to Zack Ryder during his match by doing a couple of his Ryder's signature moves.
March 24, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
Since WWE has filed trademark paperwork on his name, Ric Flair is expected to be utilized as an on screen character soon. While nothing has been confirmed at this time, there are talks backstage of the former WCW champion being a manager again. There are rumors that he could be paired up with Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, if management opts to make that stable happen.
March 22, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
In the latest episode of Last ReZort, Zack Ryder talked about how the greatest moment of his WWE career was winning the United States Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, so he decided to shatter that glass ceiling by destroying the title belt.
March 17, 2014
Zack Ryder
Earlier in the year, there were some minor talks backstage about putting Miz and Dolph Ziggler into a stable together, where the theme of the group is that performers are disgruntled with their positions within WWE. Miz even started a few segments on Monday Night Raw for that. Now, there are talks that Zack Ryder could be thrown into the mix as a third member.
March 15, 2014
Zack Ryder
Despite not being utilized too often on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, Zack Ryder still managed to get himself a guest appearance on a television show called Toy Hunters, which is hosted by Jordan Hembrough. The segment was filmed this week, but there is no official word on an air date yet. The WWE star has also been busy with a new YouTube series.
March 14, 2014
Zack Ryder
With him producing a new YouTube video series called the Last Rezort, it appeared that Zack Ryder was going to swing for the fences before possibly walking away from WWE when his contract expired. He now has a chance to work at Wrestlemania 30 with the introduction of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal before he decides to move on.
March 12, 2014
Zack Ryder
After doing a quick tease, Zack Ryder has finally launched his new show, which is being called the Last Rezort. The WWE star is taking his real life frustrations of not being pushed and turning it into a show, hoping to regain the massive following that he once had. This series is not sponsored by WWE, as he openly talks about letting his contract expire soon.
March 10, 2014
Zack Ryder
There is a lot that can be said about Zack Ryder, but one of the things that you have to give him credit for is the fact that he has not given up on his dreams of being a top level guy in WWE. The heavily under utilized performer has been hitting the gym harder as of late, as he is trying to bulk up to improve his chances with management.
March 4, 2014
Zack Ryder
While many are hoping that he eventually makes it to the main event level in WWE, there are those backstage that feel that his push needs to be drawn out, in order to prevent backlash from fans. Since management wants to go slow, there is a chance that they could feed him a low level baby face, such as Zack Ryder or R Truth, in his debut feud.
February 28, 2014
Zack Ryder
As expected, several current and former WWE stars were in attendance at the wedding of Miz and Maryse Ouellet this week. The confirmed attendees thus far include John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder and Kelly Kelly. A lot of the female performers were forced to miss the event since they were in Mexico, filming Total Divas.
February 22, 2014
Big Daddy V
When Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder started working on the main roster in WWE, Big Daddy V was quite helpful to the two youngster. His death today prompted this message from Hawkins on Twitter, where he stated that he will never forget the kindness displayed towards him.
February 18, 2014
Zack Ryder
WWE recently did a tour of California, and Zack Ryder took the opportunity to see something that he had seen as a child. In this photo that he uploaded to Twitter, the under utilized star is standing in front of the house that was used on the Full House television show.
February 14, 2014
Zack Ryder

Last night, WWE wanted to push the heel turn by Titus ONeil, so they gave him a match. Since someone was needed to put him over, officials backstage went with Zack Ryder, who has not worked a televised match on Monday Night Raw since October of last year.

February 4, 2014
Alexander Rusev

It looks like Alexander Rusev is extremely close to being called up by WWE. The developmental wrestler is once again on tour with the main roster this weekend, where he is working matches early on the card against veteran performer Zack Ryder. 

January 25, 2014
Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder took to Twitter to post a quick message about the death of Mae Young, and the longtime WWE star also included a picture of himself with the hall of fame diva.

January 15, 2014
Brutus Magnus
"I'm as grateful to Sting as anybody in the wrestling business for the benefit he has had in my career. Steve is a great guy and very very smart and just a model citizen as far as the way he conducts himself and how much respect he commands. There are some people who seem to be obsessed with respect and seem to be obsessed with guys not showing them enough respect but Sting is a guy who has never had to pull any stunts, never had to bully anyone, never had to throw his weight around or pull rank; he commands respect. The same could be said about Kurt Angle." - Brutus Magnus discusses how Sting is backstage
April 15, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
"Seems like TNA is signing their core talents whose contracts are either up or in need of revising. WWE has seemingly made it clear that they have no interest in Impact talents and will instead reply on their Performance Center for their future stars. However, with Jeff Jarrett preparing to launch another promotion it makes sense for TNA to be proactive." - Jim Ross reveals that WWE is not interested in TNA performers
April 15, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
"Not sure why as a fan I should dislike Cesaro and it can't be simply because he's aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Cesaro simply outwrestles people and is damned impressive while doing it. Some of Cesaro's matches down in NXT the last year or so were better than anyone on RAW was having at the time." - Jim Ross thinks Antonio Cesaro should do a face turn
April 15, 2014
Christopher Daniels
"A unique athlete, it's funny because he was a book that was judged by his cover, for a very long time and it took a while to get him into TNA and we were always fighting to get him in. Everybody was like 'we gotta change his look and blah blah blah,' but finally when they gave him the chance, he showed them that you didn't need to judge him by the cover because he brings a unique intensity and a unique character to TNA and I think it would be a different TNA without him. He has changed the business." - Christopher Daniels discusses Samoa Joe
April 15, 2014
Jim Ross
"I assume that he hasn't signed with WWE only because WWE hasn't announced it. Signing Sting would create positive news for WWE as he is a major star that WWE can monetize in a variety of ways if he comes aboard. I don't see Sting even needing to wrestle to be a viable asset to WWE if he does sign with the company. If Sting did have one match it WWE it would need to be a long build, much anticipated one that has a significant payoff at a major event more specifically Wrestlemania 31." - Jim Ross talks about the rumors of Sting signing with WWE
April 15, 2014
Davey Richards
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Marty Jannetty
"Happiest guy living right now. Wish I was there to watch her grow up, but so happy to be given this gift now. And from here on, I'm going to be a different person than I have been. Will be the best daddy ever, or at least the best one I can be. I'm the happiest guy on this planet right now. Now, I get it. To all the boys who have told me how it's life changing when you have a kid, man, had no kids, so I didn't get it. Now I do. That's my girl. Guys, don't you dare look at her twice. Bad ankles and all, I will make sure you never look at my daughter like that again. Love you, Bianca." - Marty Jannetty after finding out that he has a daughter
April 14, 2014
Paul London
"I've always admired and looked up to Terry Funk. Never did I actually think I'd be walking just like him. Knees hurt." - Paul London explaining how much of a toll the wrestling business gives to the body
April 14, 2014
Alexa Bliss
"I cannot believe it. So shocked and saddened by the news of the Ultimate Warrior passing. Rest in peace. Prayers." - Alexa Bliss on the death of Ultimate Warrior
April 12, 2014
Lance Storm
"Crazy story. While we were away, my mom found a briefcase and sales material scattered beside our house by the fence. She gathered them up and then tried to find some personal info to see who lost the stuff. She found a busienss card and called. Person who answered said the case was stolen out of her car over a year ago in Victoria, BC. No idea how it got to Calgary in our yard over a year later. Weird." - Lance Storm tells a weird story that took place at his house
April 12, 2014
Matt Hardy
"Ultimate Warrior and his sudden and shocking passing is a reminder to us all. Live every day to its fullest. Tomorrow isn't guaranteed to anyone." - Matt Hardy gives advice on life to his fans after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Lacey Von Erich
"My mom called to tell me my Uncle Jimbo, aka Ultimate Warrior, died. He was my dad's best friend, and a big part of our childhood. Rest in peace." - Lacey Von Erich discusses the death of Ultimate Warrior, who worked with her father Kerry Von Erich in WCCW
April 11, 2014
Kharma
"Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all." - Kharma shares her feelings on Twitter about the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
British Bulldog
"British Bulldog introduced me to Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlmania 12 before the show started. I couldn't have been more excited to meet him. Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior." - Tyson Kidd talks about meeting Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Kassius Ohno
"Ultimate Warrior was my first favorite wrestler, and I will always appreciate his contributions. Glad he had his hall of fame moment. I'll always believe." - Kassius Ohno discusses the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 11, 2014
Sean Waltman
"I got a sense he wasn't well. It was sad to me. He was kind of hunched over. He used to have such great posture. You just had this sense that he wasn't well. But he was in great spirits. He came up to (other wrestlers) and gave them hugs." - Sean Waltman discusses the health of the Ultimate Warrior during Wrestlemania 30 weekend
April 11, 2014
Buff Bagwell
"When I first heard the news of the Ultimate Warrior's passing - from my oldest son - my first thoughts were of his precious daughters, and how their father - whose love for them was clear - had been taken away from them far to early in their lives. My second thought was about the foolish tweet I sent out during Warrior's Hall of Fame induction speech - and how badly I wish I could have taken those words back. Maybe they seemed harmless at the time, but in retrospect, the fact that my final words about Warrior were negative ones has had me feeling pretty bad these last 24 hours. I did not dislike Warrior. I got along fine with him in 1996, and years later, during a 'Legends Rountable' focusing on 'Heatseekers', I was good-naturedly kidded by my fellow Roundtable guests for having nothing negative to say about Warrior, Paul Heyman or Buff Bagwell." - Mick Foley talks about his relationship with Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014
Cody Rhodes
"Why are folks surprised by Nancy Grace? She got dumped by a professional wrestler in the 1980s and started a life quest to be just awful. If she was remotely confident in her accusations, she would interview an active talent. Yet, she won't do that because she'd have a Mark Cuban and Skip Bayless situation, and she would come off as the ignorant sweat hog she actually is." - Cody Rhodes bashes Nancy Grace for attacking the wrestling business
April 10, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
"I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man. Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated. At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience. To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology. Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business. I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family." - Diamond Dallas Page discusses Nancy Grace interview
April 10, 2014
Bret Hart
"I'm deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Jim Hellwig, the Ultimate Warrior. I wish I'd been kinder to him in the last momnets that we had this past weekend at Wrestlemania 30. We did cross paths once or twice, but we were all so busy. I never went out of my way to see him, but if I could, I'd tell him he looked good. He looked content, and he looked like he'd finally found happiness within his children and his wife. He never ever harmed me, nor did we really work with one another. I wish we had. His final ring promo breaks my heart. I have many fond memories of times we shared, only now do they pile up in my head. I'd also tell him that he was right. He never was such a bad guy. My thoughts are with his wife and children. I never thought his time would be so short. I know one thing. I will never forget him." - Bret Hart discusses the death of Ultimate Warrior
April 10, 2014